Fun Facts Emerging From UFC 127

As the dust settles on last night’s UFC 127 event its time for the latest in our regular series looking at the interesting facts, stats and trivia emerging from it.

Jon Fitch admitted after his fight that he didn’t even realize there was such a thing as a majority draw.  He knows a thing or two about decisions though as his last nine fights have all went the distance.

–  Fitch landed a remarkable 149 total strikes in round three, while Penn could muster just 2 according to FightMetric.

–  Though there’s some debate over the decision, the fact that BJ Penn earned a draw means he’s only the second man to have stepped into the Octagon with Fitch during his fifteen fight UFC career and not been beaten.

Michael Bisping is often chastised for not having punching power, but he has still managed to finish half of his 14 UFC fights by TKO, and only four of his 21 career wins have come by decision.

It’s also worth noting that while he’s also criticized for having a weak chin he’s only been stopped once in his career, albeit rather brutally by Dan Henderson in 2009.

The Brit’s home and away form is also interesting.  He’s never lost in the UK in his career, but he’s currently 5-3 in other parts of the world.

–  Germany’s Dennis Siver has now racked up a solid 6-1 run in the UFC over the past two years.  He’s also the first man to defeat George Sotiropoulos in the Octagon, snapping his seven fight winning streak in the promotion since emerging from the ranks of TUF season 6 in 2007.

–  If, like everybody else, you were wondering why Brian Ebersole had shaved his chest hair into an arrow pointing upwards, we have the answer for you.  According to the man himself it’s a way of taunting his opponents.  He says he rarely gets hit, so he helps his opponents out by pointing out where his chin is.

–  Chris Lytle may have lost his fight with Ebersole, but he still retains his crown as the UFC’s bonus king after earning his fifth ‘Fight Of The Night’ award to go alongside a further ‘Knockout Of The Night’ and two ‘Submission Of The Night’ awards during his UFC career.

–  Kyle Noke is now on a five fight winning streak, three of those in the UFC since competing on TUF Season 11.  Half of those wins came by way of rear-naked choke, and on this occasion that was worth $75,000 for him as earned the ‘Submission Of The Night’ bonus.

–  You have to go as far back at PRIDE Total Elimination Absolute in May of 2006 to find the last time Mark Hunt won a fight in any form of combat sports.  He finally broke that seven fight losing streak last night to take his MMA record to 6-7.  It’s also marks Hunt’s first victory outside of either PRIDE or K-1 in his fighting career.

–  Fitch turned 33 the day before his fight with Penn.  Meanwhile co-main event rivals Michael Bisping and Jorge Rivera may not share much in the way of mutual respect, but they do share a birthday, turning 32 and 39 respectively on Monday.

–  While UFC 127 only had an extra 755 fans in attendance compared to their debut in the country at UFC 110 last year, the promotion managed to rake an extra $1 million at the gate, for an impressive $3.5 million haul.

That makes it the biggest selling event outside North America in UFC history.  The event also produced the fastest sell-out in both the promotion’s and Acer Arena history.

Such has been the popularity of the first two Australian events, the UFC’s Marshall Zelaznik now believes they may be able to sell-out a 55,000 seater stadium in Melbourne, much as they have done in Canada at the Rogers Center at some stage in the future.

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